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Comment: Re:Well, yeah (Score 1) 134

by jafac (#46744491) Attached to: Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

So the question here is should the NSA put every single American SSL using business at risk for years on end to protect a single source of SIGINT?

The big question, for real, is; is there a backdoor in SE Linux?

If they were irresponsible enough to leave Heartbleed alone for 2 years, then how can we believe they haven't discovered (or inserted) compromises in other software?

Comment: Re:Well, yeah (Score 1) 134

by jafac (#46744469) Attached to: Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

"spy agency's job to spy" sounds like a convenient excuse to ignore ethics. All is permissible due to expediency, and because if we don't do it, our enemies will. Guess I thought that we were better than that. If we're going to accept that we're not, then I'm wondering why exactly we came down from the trees in the first place.

Comment: Re:Hiring A War Criminal highlights something else (Score 1) 447

by jafac (#46738085) Attached to: Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

What it really shows is that Dropbox is COMPLETELY BLIND, to the direction of international public opinion. Other US service providers are hemmoraging international accounts, because of distrust, after the Snowden fiasco. And they bring a former National Security Advisor on board, from the Administration which began ramping up abuses? It's complete ignorance. It's a middle-finger to the people they're trying to get to be their customers. These guys are totally out of touch with reality. Not only would I never use their service, if they had stock, and I owned any, I would immediately divest.

Comment: all this said. . . (Score 1) 325

by jafac (#46730707) Attached to: Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

I have to say that among most of the states in which I've driven, California cops seem to be the most lenient. And by that, I mean; California has some high-limit roads... 70, 75. Actual average speeds are more like 80-85 on these highways. Some other states seem to be stuck at 55 for most roads, and their cops seem to be real assholes about driving more than 5 over. (specifically, Utah, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, where I've either been a driver or passenger in a car getting pulled over).

Comment: Re:When participation is mandatory? I believe. (Score 1) 722

by jafac (#46719865) Attached to: Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

I'm employed, mostly pretty healthy, and have had no catastrophic injuries or other issues in my history, and have a pretty decent plan through my employer, but I pay through the nose for that. And; doctor choice in my county is VERY limited: they don't seem to like my provider. If I had the choice, I think I'd consider medicaid, and pocket the difference. But I am gainfully employed, so fuck me, right?

Comment: Re:Happy that costumer pressure has an effect (Score 1) 294

by jafac (#46706805) Attached to: Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

Not only that, but I'm hearing that there is a charge for "backtracking" and installing Windows 7. One of my customers is buying a batch of devices that had Win 8 pre-installed, and the vendor was charging an extra $200 per device (for a $400 machine) to install Windows 7.

Comment: Re:So in 2007 Obama... (Score 1) 312

by jafac (#46681141) Attached to: Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Or they were blinded by the fact that McCain/Palin would have been a complete fucking train wreck for this country after 8 years of Bush/Cheney.

Obama did drop the ball on many very important issues, which he specifically campaigned on. And for that, I can't really say that I am a happy customer with my votes. But when I think about how things would have gone with President McCain, holy fucking shit we dodged a bullet.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory